Pre-purchase inspection with RACQ

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Clancy Harrip

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Buying a car is a major commitment and can often lead to a lot of stress.

Getting a pre-purchase inspection is just the thing to give you peace of mind in your decision.

Many mechanical service businesses offer pre-purchase vehicle inspections, and to find the best deal it always pays to shop around.

Costs may vary from business to business and there may be different levels of inspections on offer, but somewhere near the $400 mark for the most comprehensive inspection should be the upper limit.

That might sound like a fair bit, but there is no substitute for knowing the car you’re buying is a decent runner.

RACQ

RACQ has been around for more than 100 years and offers a wide range of services to its 1.7 million Queensland members.

The brand is built on servicing the needs of the consumer and has a network of technicians throughout Queensland with the simple objective of keeping your car safe.

RACQ offers pre-purchase inspections to members and non-members allowing for a third-party expert to evaluate the condition of the vehicle you are considering purchasing.

Taking anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to complete the inspection, the RACQ technician will compile your report as they work, sending you photos of any noteworthy issues found.

Once the pre-purchase inspection is complete, the report will be provided to you, ensuring you have a comprehensive rundown of the condition of the vehicle.

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The options:

Master Check | RACQ Members - $299 | Non-members - $349
A comprehensive inspection, the Master Check is a full vehicle history check that looks at all vehicle components.
Includes:

  • Car History Check: All prior history.
  • Body Overview: Paint and panel condition.
  • Interior: Window and door mechanisms and seat restraints.
  • Glass: Condition and operation of windows.
  • Door locks: central locking mechanism.
  • Under body inspection: driveline components, frames, steering, suspension and exhaust.
  • Brakes: inspected once wheels and brake drums are removed.
  • Road wheels: Tyre tread depth and condition.
  • Engine: component and cooling system pressure check, engine oil level, computer fault codes.
  • Oil Leaks: All visible, driveline and brake system leaks.
  • Electrical System: Battery, charging system, light operation, horn, temperature control and alternator.
  • Road test: Approximately 8km of road testing. 


Mobile Check | RACQ Members - $249 | Non-members - $299

RACQ technicians will come to a home or dealership and complete a Mobile Check on the spot.
Includes:

  • Body Overview: Paint and panel condition.
  • Interior: Window and door mechanisms and seat restraints.
  • Glass: Condition and operation of windows.
  • Door locks: central locking mechanism.
  • Under body inspection: driveline components, frames, steering, suspension and exhaust.
  • Road wheels: Tyre tread depth and condition.
  • Engine: component and cooling system pressure check, engine oil level, computer fault codes.
  • Oil Leaks: All visible, driveline and brake system leaks.
  • Electrical System: Battery, charging system, light operation, horn, temperature control and alternator.
  • Road test: Approximately 8km of road testing.

When comparing the two options, RACQ’s Master Check gives you an all-inclusive look into all aspects of the vehicle, whereas the Mobile Check will do the same excluding brakes.

There is also an option to add a Car History Check to the Mobile Check at an added fee. 

A Pre-Purchase Inspection sounds like something that could give you some great piece of mind before buying a car, right? We think so too!

If you want to quickly and easily make a booking for a Pre-Purchase Inspection, use AutoGuru.

You can view instant quotes from various local mechanics, and better yet, you can book online! Easy done.

All data gathered in November 2018. 

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WRITTEN BY

Clancy Harrip

Clancy has been working in, and writing about, the automotive industry for half her adult life.

She loves her work and all things automotive and looks forward to the day she is considered a guru on the subject, an auto guru perhaps.

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